Dare boldly

A blog by Louise Gallagher

Do it your way.

10 Comments

No. 19 – The #ShePersisted Series: Mixed Media on watercolour paper. 11″ x 14″ (unframed) — Art and words ©2017 Louise Gallagher

It’s not difficult to play it safe. To take the same old path, to stay the course of how it’s always been done.

It’s not difficult. But it can be numbing, tiring, maybe even heart-breaking.

Just for today, imagine there is no path. That every step you take you are creating as you go. That even though you ‘know the answer’, there are answers you don’t know.

Be curious.

Ask yourself, “Am I doing it this way because it’s the way I’ve always done it? I wonder what would happen if I changed it up?”

And when the critter, that negative little voice in your head who thinks he’s keeping you safe by holding you to the tried and true, pipes up with, “Why change it if it’s working?”, lovingly embrace his fears and tell him you aren’t changing what’s working, you’re exploring a new way to see what else works.

Changing things up isn’t about ‘throwing out the baby with the bath water’.

It’s about checking the temperature of the water to see if it’s gotten too cold because the baby’s been in it too long.

Start small.

Pick one thing you do every day that doesn’t need to change (technically), but has the possibility of change.

Like how you drive to work. Choose a different route.

Or, if you always match your handbag to your shoes, or never mix silver and gold jewellry, change it up. Do it. Wear mis-matched socks or earrings. Wear brown shoes with black pants. And if you’ve never cared about mis-matching, go for matching.

Do something unusual, not to create the discomfort of change, but instead, to explore your responses to change. Be curious about what it is that makes you feel uncomfortable in the change.

Be curious about yourself.

Always.

Give yourself permission to ‘do it my way’ and see what happens when you let go of your mindset that says, ‘why change it if it’s working?’

Be curious about what happens inside you when you step outside your comfort zone. Explore those feelings. Be an observer of yourself doing things differently.

_________________________________________________________________

I am changing things up this morning.

For the past year, since starting to paint The #ShePersisted Series in late February 2017, I have told myself that when I get to 52 paintings in the Series, I will write a corresponding descriptor of what the piece means.

I’ve completed 47 paintings in the series but won’t have my studio completed until the fall.

So… rather than do it the way I planned, I’m going to start writing the descriptors for the one’s I’ve already painted – in random order. This is No. 19 of the Series.

It also means, 52 paintings may, or may not appear.

I’m curious to see how I’ll respond to the freedom of not having to reach the number 52. Maybe I’ll stop here. Maybe I’ll go higher!

I wonder what will happen when I start writing out the descriptors in no specific order….

Stay tuned.

I’m doin’ it my way.

___________

To read more about the #ShePersisted Series and to view the completed paintings, click HERE.

Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe we each have the capacity to be the change we want to see in the world, to make a world of difference. I believe we are creative beings on the journey of our lifetimes. It's up to each of us to Live It Up and SHINE!

10 thoughts on “Do it your way.

  1. In so many ways, it’s very freeing to change it up. Like rearranging the furniture in the living room.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. #4 is my new mantra ❤ Beautiful series.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. In debate class we were taught that there are two types of reason to initiate change — “needs/harm” and “comparative advantage” — the former requiring proof that something is wrong to begin with, and the latter not so. I always preferred comparative advantage, myself. When practised in personal life, sometimes one looks like a ninny while experimenting, but the parameters of life broaden right out to the horizons and beyond!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Hey, I wrote you a sonnet 😊

    You’ll find it posted tomorrow on both “Timeless Classics” and “Timeless Wisdoms,” but here it is for you tonight.

    Rest well, you’ve earned it

    Dare Boldly (for Louise Gallagher)

    Dare boldly to conduct an open heart
    Through this world’s fields of groaning misery
    Dare to reach out, some comfort to impart
    Though all about it untouched sorrow be

    Dare boldly those less fortunate among
    Unfearing of their misery to go
    Dare boldly, that by you be clearly sung
    Their song, so that the priveledged can know

    What may in no wise other understand:
    What ’tis when all foundation formerly
    Secure buckles until we cannot stand
    Unaided, as had ever planned to be

    Dare boldly — by your lifted lamp we see
    How beautifully spent one life can be

    Liked by 1 person

This conversation needs your brilliance to shine. Please share your thoughts.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s